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Beyond the Glam! 10 Bollywood movies that deal with offbeat subjects


Bollywood is a huge canvas for the filmmakers and sometimes we get best films from Bollywood. If people think that Bollywood is only about love and glamour then they are heavily mistaken. Bollywood has given best movies to Indian audience which reflect our society. Some of the movies actually manage to change a couple of lives while some help to speed up pending justice, some fill you with emotional turmoil and some give your life a complete new direction.

Cinema has a great impact on people and the stars are the biggest influences. We try to be like them, look like them and behave like them. We all want our life to be a perfect film story. Cinema plays an important role in our lives, even more than we notice. As Shubh Mangal Saavdhan releases, here is the list of 10 Indian movies which were much more than just entertainment. Movies that led to a bigger social impact.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

The story is about a boy Mudit Sharma, (Ayushmann Khurrana) who gets engaged to a girl, Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar). It is going to be an arranged marriage and the extended families of both are looking forward to it. However, due to erectile dysfunction, Mudit can’t get it up and on the advice of his friends tries out various quacks treating impotency. It is a remake of the Tamil movie Kalyana Samayal Saadham starring Prasanna and Lekha Washington.


The story revolves around the life of an NRI who works for NASA and how his visit to a village changes his life along with hundreds of other villagers. The movie inspired a lot of NRIs to come back to the roots and work for the country. The movie gives a message that a little help from the fortunate and educated ones can help the underprivileged to a great extent.

OMG! Oh My God

India is a religious country. With 330 million Gods to worship, it has become a business for some. The movie released in 2012 starred Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Mithun Chakraborty. In spite of touching on a sensitive subject, the movie received a great response from both audience and critics. Without being preachy and boring, the film teaches us how we should not look for God in idols and be blindfolded by those who try to play with people’s emotions in the name of God.


The film was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Udaan was first Indian film to be part of Cannes’ official section in seven years. Udaan tells the story of thousands of youths from India’s middle-class families, who want to break free and follow their dreams.

Vicky Donor

Vicky Donor touched upon a less-talked about the topic of sperm donation. The film is a romantic comedy based on the backdrop of this sensitive subject and its implications. The story revolves around Vicky’s (Ayushmann Khurrana) life and how his life takes interesting twists and turns when a fertility expert persuades him to donate sperms. John Abraham, producer of the film wanted to shed light on a serious issue still considered “taboo” in Indian society.


Manjhi, widely known as the “Mountain Man”, was a poor labourer in Gehlaur village, near Gaya in Bihar, India, who carved a path 9.1 metres (30 ft) wide and 110 metres (360 ft) long through a hill 7.6 metres (25 ft) using only a hammer and chisel. The film is directed by Ketan Mehta, jointly produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and NFDC India. Upon release, the film received positive critical acclaim.

Peepli Live

It is a 2010 Indian satirical comedy film that explores the topic of “farmer suicides” and the subsequent media and political response. It is written and directed by Anusha Rizvi in her directorial debut, and produced by Aamir Khan Productions. The film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers.

Miss Lovely

It is the story of two brothers, Vicky Duggal (Anil George) and Sonu Duggal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who make semi-pornographic movies, which are then sold for inclusion in the normal movie. Obviously, young girls ready to expose and participate in love-making scenes are constantly required. Vicky directs the movie and younger brother Sonu goes to sell the ‘bits’. The process involves supplying the starlets to the financiers for nights of passion. One day, in the course of his work, Sonu meets Pinky (Niharika Singh) who is desperate to act in movies of the kind made by the Duggal brothers. Sonu promises to launch her by himself turning a director. He even starts collection money for his movie by stealing the same from his brother’s account. Sonu and Pinky also fall in love with one another. But before Sonu can start his movie. Vicky spots Pinky and recognises her. Pinky had earlier interacted with Vicky but as Sonika.

Stanley Ka Dabba

Stanley Ka Dabba is based on the everyday life of a school-going child. Stanley tugs at your heartstrings with his bold spirit. The film enlightens how a child-soldier, rises above all strangulating real-life situation and motivates all to grow and follow his footsteps.

Black Friday

The film is based on the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which many believe were organised as retaliation for the Bombay riots which left over 300 people dead and more than 1500 people injured. The film has been appreciated by critics all over the world. Written and directed by Anurag Kashyap and based on a book by S. Hussain Zaidi, this movie was not allowed to be released by the Indian censor board for 2 years!